Timeline: July 4 Highlights in the Palisades

6:30 to 8 a.m. Bib number pickup and late race registration for the Will Rogers 5K & 10K Run. (Palisades Recreation Center — small gym).

7 to 9 a.m. Kids’ Fun Run registration. 8:15 a.m. 5/10K Race Start.

A tradition since 1977, the races begin and end at the Palisades Recreation Center entrance on Alma Real Drive. The title sponsor is Providence Saint John’s Health Center and additional sponsors are William E. Simon & Sons, Santa Monica Orthopedic and Sports Medical Group, TrueCar, Will Rogers Institute and Farmers Insurance. The Kids’ Fun Run is sponsored by Caruso Affiliated.

After the 5/10K race is underway, kids (10 and under line) line up for a half-mile race through the Huntington Palisades neighborhood. Photo: Shelby Pascoe

After the 5/10K race is underway, kids (10 and under line) line up for a half-mile race through the Huntington Palisades neighborhood.
Photo: Shelby Pascoe

All races are organized by the Palisades Will Rogers 5K & 10K Run Foundation and assisted by the Pacific Palisades Optimist Club. Proceeds from the race are donated to the Optimist Club Foundation, which distributes them to youth and community nonprofits.

9:15 a.m. The half-mile Kids’ Fun Run

starts. This noncompetitive run starts and ends on Alma Real Drive at Toyopa Drive.

12:30 p.m. VIP Pre-Parade Luncheon at the Community Methodist Church, 801 Via de la Paz. Dignitaries, politicians, guests and major donors are invited to a buffet luncheon that includes introductions, short speeches and great food. (Invited guests only.)

2 p.m. Parade. Skydivers land on Sunset Boulevard at Swarthmore Avenue to start the mile-long parade.

Carey Peck skydivers make a precise landing at Swarthmore and Sunset Boulevard to start the parade. Photo: Shelby Pascoe

Carey Peck skydivers make a precise landing at Swarthmore and Sunset Boulevard to start the parade.
Photo: Shelby Pascoe

The Fourth of July parade tradition was started in 1948 by American Legion Post 283. In 1961 the loosely organized event was turned into a larger community celebration by Legion commander Russell Olsen, who garnered marching bands, floats and dignitaries.

Two food trucks will be available at Sunset and Swarthmore.

4 p.m. Food trucks will be available at the Palisades High stadium. Paid activities for kids include spin art Frisbees, balloon ani- mals, bounce house and glitter tattoos. Food trucks are available. Concert starts on the upper stage at 4 p.m. with Cohort, which includes bassist Jack Ross and Tula Jussen (Palisades High School), guitarist Harry Clennon and Emilio Anamos. They will be followed by Trinity Rose, an award-winning teen singer/songwriter. Last up is Randy Chance, a popular Palisades music teacher.

Stadium gates open at 4:30 p.m.

6 p.m. Palisades Rocks the Fourth Concert.

The main concert stage starts with the award-winning Palisades High School Band and continues with the 2016 Palisades All- Stars under the direction of Tom Farrell: the group will perform classic cover songs.

Next up is Emile Millar, Adam Topol (Jack Johnson band) and Ethan Phillips (Brett Dennen). The evening’s headliner is We Are the West (see story, page 35). The $10 admission (children under 12 are free) helps pay for the cost of the fireworks show and benefits the PaliHi music program.

9 p.m. Fireworks Show. Once again the in- ternationally renowned fireworks company, Pyro Spectaculars by Souza, will supply the special effects for one of the top Fourth of July shows in Los Angeles. Show creator Chris Souza promises some new fireworks that will wow even the most jaded of spectators.

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